By Greg Brozeit | Posted - Dec 3rd, 2016

 

 

 

 

ASH 2016: Kicking It Off With CAR T-Cells

BY GREG BROZEIT

If it’s the first Saturday of December, it must be the beginning of the annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting.  ASH also has it’s equivalent of pre-season, the Friday Satellite Symposia, the day before its official opening, but in this case, it means something.  Twenty-three sessions of two-to-three hours cover virtually every major topic in hematology—lymphomas and leukemias, sickle-cell, biology and, of course, myeloma—to frame major topics and highlight certain upcoming sessions of the four day ASH meeting.

Dr. Stephen Forman from the City of Hope moderated “The Emergence of CAR-T Cell Therapy for Hematologic Malignancies: Moving from Bench to Bedside.”  The participants in the discussion represented the National Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and the Hutch in Seattle.  While clinical trials are showing limited success among some patients with lymphomas and leukemias, myeloma CAR-T Cell research is slowly moving toward a time of more clinical trials.  A major issue to solve before trials can proceed is the presence of some neurotoxicity many patients experience.  Virtually every researcher agreed with Dr. Faith Davies of the University of Arkansas, who spoke at the morning MMRF-sponsored session, that a “cocktail” approach, similar to today’s combining drugs, will likely be repeated if and when CAR-T research goes to the clinic.  This will require multiple CAR-T therapies trained to identify differing targets that cause myeloma.

 
Greg Brozeit
About the Author

Greg Brozeit - Greg Brozeit has been engaged in myeloma patient advocacy since 1998. He began working with the Myeloma Crowd in 2015. Prior to that, he consulted with Dr. Bart Barlogie at the University of Arkansas after working with the International Myeloma Foundation for 15 years. In the first half of his time with the IMF, he inaugurated the public policy advocacy program, patient support group outreach and conceived the regional community workshop program. In the latter half, he directed IMF Europe, organizing more than 100 physician and patient education programs. Prior to working in myeloma, Greg was a program and project director for the Center for Civic Education, the Alliance for Aging, and he also served as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA). He began his career as an upper school teacher and boys soccer coach in New Orleans, LA. He earned his BA in political science from Loyola University in New Orleans and lives in northeast Ohio.

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